Follow along and read about how Ryan spent his final days surrounded by those he loved the most... his FAMILY.

You can follow my blog at: Our life in Letters to Ryan

November 3, 2010

Friends ARE forever...

While Ryan was off at school or work, he was surrounded by many good people. He often spent more time with some of his classmates and co-workers then with his own family.

What a blessing it is to be surrounded by good, loving people on a daily basis.

When Ryan was told that he only had weeks to live, two of his good friends and classmates called to see if they could come visit. This visit was kind of a big deal... these friends were doing their residency in Chicago and trying to get time off during residency is NOT always EASY. These friends were able to juggle their schedules so they could fly in and out in the same day, taking minimal days off.

Even though their visit was short, the time spent together was priceless. Seeing these boys visit was like old times: they talked school, work, life... it was like no time or distance had changed. I know how much it meant for Ryan to see Joe and Marc...

~Thanks guys... for EVERYTHING~

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When residency first started, Ryan would come home and tell me about everyone and how much he enjoyed his work. He was was really excited to be working with such a great group of people.

You know how some people come into your life and you just "click" with them? Well, that is how Ryan felt about Pete. He often talked about wanting to be like Pete, both in his personal life and professionally...he really looked up to and admired Pete.

Before Ryan passed away, Pete came down to check out Ryan's 3rd baby- his truck:

Thanks Pete for being such an example to Ryan...

Not only are families forever... but so are friendships.

I am so grateful for the wonderful people we have met over the years and for the friendships that have been made as a result.


(Man, I can barely type. These final posts are going to be hard, bare with me ;)


peter said...

Margie, Margie, Margie, I know what you mean about barely being able to type. Thank you for the post and I have to say the I want to be like Ryan, he is a great man and a wonderful friend. I am sure that friendships don't go away too. Thank you so much.

Ryanne said...

Oh Margie. Thank you for continuing these posts. You are Ryan are the type of friends that everyone wants and gravitates to. You're so sincere and true.

Erin S said...

I wish I could be there to just give you a big HUG! I love that you are posting all of these wonderful memories of Ryan. I think of you and the kids everyday! Love you!

Missy D. said...

We do not know eachother but I have been following along with this blog for a while and can never read any of the posts without crying. What an inspiration Ryan is!! Your words and pictures are always so touching. I wish you and your family all the best in picking up the pieces and moving forward even though it is so painful.
You and your family are in my thoughts. Your kids are so beautiful and from it looks like you are doing a wonderful job!!

Kylee said...

These memories are so sweet, Margie. You are so strong and amazing. We are so grateful to have you and your family in our lives.

Miranda said...

So fun to see a video of Ryan. I need to take more videos of my family because they really do become such a treasure. It's fun to see Ryan talking and hanging out.

Talia said...

Oh Margie, It makes so so sad that I never got a chance to meet Ryan. Your family is truly an inspiration, and I hope (and know) that the lord fills you with peace each day. Ryan is surely watching over you!

Anonymous said...

Look up "I Believe" by Diamond Rio. If you aren't familiar with this song, have the tissues handy. I heard it recently and thought of you the whole time.

--a friend of a friend

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